June 2, 2013 Subject:
Learn from what you see!
As they say, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. What do you think will happen after the next big earthquake on the Hayward Fault? What happened after the 1906 SF quake? Take CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes to learn how to get prepared and help the fire department to perhaps prevent repeating this.
January 29, 2012 Subject:
Interesting footage of little known Bay Area disaster
Uncanny resemblance to devastation of the Oakland Berkeley Hills fire some 70 years later.
December 11, 2005 Subject:
Oh the irony!
More footage of the terrible (I guess) fire that hit the Berkeley area in 1923. Although most of the shooting is murky and is hard to see anything, you do get a glimpse at how helpless people mustve been watching the fire go from one house to another. There is some salvage shots shown too, and in a highly surreal shot, a woman plays a piano that was salvaged in the fire. They also make dinner, from what looks like still hot embers from the fire. Kooky!
There is another film about this fire in the archive, choose that one over this.
April 27, 2003 Subject:
Berkeley, California Fire
Silent newsreel footage of a devastating 1923 fire that destroyed much of Berkeley, California. Footage of the fire is followed by scenes of the aftermath and cleanup efforts. Most interesting is a few brief scenes of homeless fire victims cheerily making the best of it by cooking outdoors or playing a rescued piano. Mostly, this is just a historical document, though.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: N/A. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.